One of the greatest names in all of Burgundy, dating back to the 1930s when Armand was one of the first of five domaines to defy the negociants and bottle their own wine. The Rousseau name is synonymous with Gevrey-Chambertin; Armand passed the reins to Charles who on retirement passed control to his son Eric.
The 2016 Chambertin Grand Cru, which was two-thirds impacted by the frost, has an elegant bouquet, not powerful but charming, with pure red berry fruit, orange blossom, cold stone and Earl Grey scents. The palate is very well balanced with a sappy entry, with good structured here and a fine line of acidity. It is not an extravagant or even regal Chambertin, but it is extremely well proportioned and there is a lovely tang of spice toward the long and tender finish. It is a wonderful Chambertin, although I suspect that it will ultimately have to bow to the superiority of the Clos-de-Bèze. Tasted: Dec 17; Drink: 2022-2050; Rating: 94-96 Points; Neal Martin; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
As is often the case, this is more restrained than the Bèze and more deeply pitched as well with its cooler array of strikingly spicy red and dark currant aromas that are more heavily cut with freshly turned earth scents along with plenty of floral and sauvage influences, all of which is again trimmed in just enough oak influence to point out. The exceptionally rich, dense and highly energetic full-bodied flavors brim with both dry extract and a pungent minerality on the brilliantly complex and explosively long finish. This is a classic example of power without weight because despite the imposing size of the '16 Chambertin, the overall impression is one of harmony and grace. Among the 'big 4' of the Rousseau line-up, this is the one wine that might just surpass its 2015 equivalent. Tasted: Jan 18; Drink: 2036+; Issue: 69; Comments: Don't Miss! Rating 96-99 Points; Allen Meadows; Burghound
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